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 for Insect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Insect \In"sect\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.
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     2. Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Insect \In"sect\ ([i^]n"s[e^]kt), n. [F. insecte, L. insectum,
     fr. insectus, p. p. of insecare to cut in. See Section. The
     name was originally given to certain small animals, whose
     bodies appear cut in, or almost divided. Cf. Entomology.]
     1. (Zool.) One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See
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     Note: The hexapod insects pass through three stages during
           their growth, viz., the larva, pupa, and imago or
           adult, but in some of the orders the larva differs
           little from the imago, except in lacking wings, and the
           active pupa is very much like the larva, except in
           having rudiments of wings. In the higher orders, the
           larva is usually a grub, maggot, or caterpillar,
           totally unlike the adult, while the pupa is very
           different from both larva and imago and is inactive,
           taking no food.
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     2. (Zool.) Any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or
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     3. (Zool.) Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word
        is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
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     4. Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
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     Insect powder,a powder used for the extermination of
        insects; esp., the powdered flowers of certain species of
        Pyrethrum, a genus now merged in Chrysanthemum. Called
        also Persian powder.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: small air-breathing arthropod
      2: a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving
         of respect [syn: worm, louse, insect, dirt ball]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  124 Moby Thesaurus words for "insect":
     Chilopoda, Chordata, Echiuroidea, Ectoprocta, Entoprocta, Lepisma,
     Monoplacophora, Nemertinea, Phoronidea, animal, ant, aphid, aphis,
     arachnid, arthropod, assassin bug, beast, bedbug, bee, beetle,
     bluebottle, borer, bug, butterfly, caddis fly, caterpillar,
     centipede, chafer, chigoe, chilopod, cicada, cicala, cockchafer,
     cockroach, crane fly, cricket, cucumber flea beetle, cur, curculio,
     daddy longlegs, damselfly, deer fly, diplopod, dobson fly, dog,
     dragonfly, drosophila, dung beetle, earwig, ephemerid, firefly,
     flea, fly, gadfly, glowworm, gnat, grain weevil, grasshopper,
     harvestman, hexapod, hornet, hound, hyena, jigger, katydid,
     kissing bug, lacewing, lady beetle, ladybird, ladybug, lantern fly,
     larva, locust, louse, maggot, mantis, mayfly, mealworm, midge,
     millepede, miller, millipede, mite, mole cricket, mongrel,
     mosquito, moth, nymph, pig, polecat, reptile, rice weevil, roach,
     scarab, scorpion, serpent, silverfish, skunk, snake, spider,
     springtail, squash bug, stag beetle, stinkbug, stone fly, swine,
     syrphus fly, tarantula, termite, tick, tiger moth, tsetse fly,
     tumblebug, varmint, vermin, viper, walkingstick, wasp, water bug,
     weevil, whelp, wood tick, worm, yellow jacket

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